Book Jar!

Sorry for lack of blog posts this past week! If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen that last week was particularly stressful and I needed to deal with life. I am in my final leg of college and with just under a month left I have been giving schoolwork my main attention. That being said I finished a surprising amount of books in the last week and will hopefully write up some reviews in the next few days!

Since getting into blogging I have found out about book-tubers. For those who don’t know it is people essentially blogging about books via YouTube. I stumbled upon this community when I was watching bookshelf tours (if you are looking for a way to waste HOURS look up bookshelf tours on YouTube). I’ve subscribed to several channels since then and try to watch regularly. I have seen the “Book Jar” video pop up on a few channels and finally watched one of the videos and thought it was a clever idea to help shrink my TBR pile! The video I am sharing today is from Kat @ Katytastic. I particularly like her channel because she arranges her bookshelf similar to mine (which for those who do not want to watch her fabulous 45 minute bookshelf tour she semi arranges by height).


So essentially you take your TBR list (or any list of books you want to read!) and write them on slips of paper. You put them all together and pick a book out when you are ready to start a new one. I am going to aim to read 2 books a month from my TBR Book Jar! Below I will share a list of books that a currently in the jar. There are several books that are part of series listed. I’m putting a twist on this and whenever I read a book from a series, I will then add the next book in that series to the jar. This is my effort to finish (and in some cases start) some of those pesky series that have been sitting on my TBR for MONTHS.


  1. Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
  2. The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
  3. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  4. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  5. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  6. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
  7. The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith
  8. Gone by Michael Grant
  9. Torched by Andrea Lynn Colt
  10. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  11. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  12. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  13. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  14. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  15. Taken by Erin Bowman
  16. The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
  17. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

So there you have my TBR Book Jar list! It is all over the place! My aim is to get through at least half of these books before the end of the year. There are a few on the list that I may read without choosing them from the jar because I may be in the mood for them. Also in the case of Taken, Erin Bowman is doing an event in Chicago-area in June and I may try to read it prior to the event.

So what do you think of the TBR Book Jar? It seems simple enough and I hope I can stick on track!

ALSO! Have you entered my current giveaway?


5 thoughts on “Book Jar!

  1. Nancy (Tumbling Books) says:

    What a great idea! I should do this, since I have tons of books that I’ve been meaning to get to, but they keep getting pushed back. I love booktubers too, and I do spend HOURS watching bookshelf tours! It’s so addicting. 🙂 haha

  2. Merin says:

    This is a really cute idea! I’ve started doing Random Reads, which is sort of similar. It’s a meme that uses to pick a number off your Goodreads To-Read list each month. I like the sort of surprise factor regarding what’s going to be chosen. We can all use a bit of surprise in our lives!

  3. CeCe says:

    I love this idea! Not only a great way to get yourself to read those TBRs but also a fun way to track them. I feel like I am constantly seeing books I want to read and don’t always make it over to my Goodreads to add them to my list (or my list gets so unwieldy I don’t want to even deal with it anymore). Keeping a jar, pad, and pen on my desk would be a fun way to keep up with them.

  4. Danielle says:

    That’s a great idea to get through your TBR. I do something similar with workouts, I’ll write down different dvds and youtube workouts and pick them out randomly. Otherwise it takes half the day to decide! I think I’ll try this with my books too!

  5. Alex in Leeds says:

    Wow, I made the original book jar to cheer myself up after my laptop died and then suddenly loads of people were making them and oh my word, it has been AMAZING to see what everyone is doing with the idea! Have fun with your picks – I’m about to pick my fourth choice from mine and you can see how I’m doing on my blog, Alex in Leeds.

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